So January is nearly over have and I wanted to remind you of the practice, the abhayasa, the committed practice to never give up and keep going towards your goals, or your sankalpa if you created one for 2014… I’ve asked my ladies from the Manifestation Retreat day to commit to a 40 day sadhana to move their life and sankalpa for this period forward. We learnt a tool on how to create a sankalpa in the day and now this explains more about it
Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject, pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time. Practice implies a certain methodology, involving effort. It has to be followed uninterruptedly for a long time, with firm resolve, application, attention and devotion, to create a stable foundation for training the mind, intelligence, ego and consciousness.
~ BKS Iyengar
“What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. It is something that you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something, which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice designed to allow you to turn inward and perceive your life as it truly is; it is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve your purpose of life. Sadhana is whatever you do consistently to clear your own consciousness so you can relate to the divinity within you.
A spiritual practice allows you to interweave your spiritual identity with your worldly identity, make your spiritual life one with your worldly life…
It all begins with intention. Conscious change is composed of attention, awareness and intention. Your intention can be multilevel in its purpose ~ physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. A sankalpa helps you realize and awaken to your Divine nature, and co-create your life.
Why: Setting an intention is a powerful way to harness the energy of your practice towards your highest purpose. Just as we work with the alignment of our joints and muscles in yoga asana, we can also align our spirit through sankalpa. It shifts your attitude towards the positive and that creates a change within you
Set an intention on what we wish to see happen – not based on fear – it is an intention that SEEks the highest – the sacred.
In the Upanishads, this is inviting us to see that through our actions and will, our desire determines our fate. When your deepest desire is in harmony with your soul’s purpose, your destiny of who you are meant to be is fulfilled.
how & when to use your sankalpa
I hope this has helped you go forward and I truly hope your sadhana bears the fruits of your sankalpa